retaliation - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/rɪˌtæliˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
  1. the act of doing something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you
    retaliation against:

    There is always the risk of possible retaliation against peacekeeping soldiers.

    in retaliation (for something):

    The car bombings were apparently in retaliation for the arrest of the terrorists.

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